The people of Nelebek live in fear of persecution from the evil Morlet, who reigns with a dark and destructive magic. The kingdom’s only hope lies with the Order of the Krigers—twelve warriors with mysterious powers linked to magical weapons.
For over a century, Morlet has been annihilating the Order, picking them off one by one. Eleven Krigers have been hunted down, tortured, and imprisoned in his dungeon. Now, only one remains.
Sixteen-year-old Kaia survives by keeping her head down and minding her own business. But when she finds herself in the middle of a public execution where the mysterious Morlet is in attendance, an odd compulsion she can’t resist comes over her.
Kaia looks into Morlet’s eyes.
Soon, an ancient power awakens and Kaia can no more blend into the scenery. Will she heed the call of the Krigers or will Morlet’s dark magic destroy the last of the Order?
Jennifer Anne Davis is a fantastic creator of make-believe worlds. Her vivid descriptions and ease of storytelling paint a fresh vision of a clearly defined society and terrain. This was the second time I read Rise. I believe I enjoyed my repeat read even more than the initial!
For me, the Prologue stood out as a perfect prelude to the story. This opening scene reveals explicative context and a glimpse into the severity of the current situation when chapter one begins.
Kaia, the lead character, is so appropriately on my top ten list of Heroines, although I may need to adjust her ranking on that list, placing her nearer to the top. Kaia is young and a bit naive, but she is incredibly loyal and focused. Throughout the entire book, she is learning so much about her past, her future and her incredible strength. She struggles with the impact her choices will have not only on her life but how her actions can affect an entire kingdom. To me, Kaia is an excellent representation of a humble heroine who is torn between what are good and evil choices. She is the only one who seems to notice there may be some good under the evil. This is so similar to our modern day real life…most things in our reality are actually grey and not clearly black and white or as simple as good and evil.
Jennifer Anne Davis is a crafty master of engaging her readers and connecting us to the adventures her protagonists experience. The entire ambience of Kaia’s world has a similar feel to a certain kingdom on Greenwood Island… Fans who discover this author hold The Key to unlock multiple magical realms! (See what I did there?) I am thankful this is only the first installment of this series. I am excited for book two to continue this journey with the Order of the Krigers and to see how Kaia uses her sass and compassion to construct a better future for everyone.